Bringing to mind a marble mantel, a chiseled frieze, or an ornate column, our Bas-Relief Wrap has sculpture in its bones!

Bas-Relief Wrap | Purl Soho

Its hewn intricacy is stunning, but so is the soft interpretation of things that are so hard. Chalk it up to another amazing feat of knitting!

Bas-Relief Wrap | Purl Soho

Panels of simple moss (i.e. double seed) stitch intersperse three kinds of cable panels, including one speckled with beautiful little bobbles. It makes for a very engaging knit and also a project that ends with a real feeling of accomplishment.

Bas-Relief Wrap | Purl Soho

This gorgeous wrap is doubly gorgeous in our very special Cashmere Merino Bloom. One of our favorite choices for heirloom-level knits, its gentle cashmere and cushion-y extra fine merino put the emphasis on soft.

Bas-Relief Wrap | Purl Soho

Follow along with the wrap pattern to make the version shown here, or choose the narrower scarf option. Either way, we offer written or charted instructions, depending on your brain!

Bas-Relief Wrap | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Share your progress + connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoBasRelifeWrap, and #PurlSohoCashmereMerinoBloom. We can’t wait to see what you make!

Materials

Bas-Relief Wrap | Purl Soho

NOTE: Trying to decide Scarf or Wrap? You might like to know a couple of ways in which the patterns differ. First, the Scarf version includes just the stitches to the right of the Wrap’s center cable (not including the center cable). In addition, there are the same number of moss stitches before and after the cable panels (unlike in the Wrap version).

Gauge

22 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches in moss (or double seed) stitch

20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

NOTE: For the Scarf version you’ll use just about all 3 skeins of yarn. To avoid running out of yarn, make sure to achieve this gauge.

Size

Scarf (Wrap)

Finished Dimensions: 8¼ (18¼) inches wide x 71¾ inches long

Notes

Cables

NOTE For more information about making cables, visit our Cable Tutorial. Although it shows a 6-stitch cable and this pattern uses 3-, 4-, or 8-stitch ones, the technique is the same!

1/2 RC + 1/2 LC (1/2 Right + Left Cross)

NOTE: For the Right and Left Cross, the tutorial above shows crossing knit stitches over purl stitches, but for these cables, you will knit all the stitches.

1/2 RC (1/2 RIGHT CROSS): Slip 2 stitches onto cable stitch holder and hold in back of work, k1, then k2 from cable stitch holder.

1/2 LC (1/2 LEFT CROSS): Slip 1 stitch onto cable stitch holder and hold in front of work, k2, then k1 from cable stitch holder.

2/1 RC + 2/1 LC (2/1 Right + Left Cross)

2/1 RC (2/1 RIGHT CROSS): Slip 1 stitch onto cable stitch holder and hold in back of work, k2, then p1 from cable stitch holder.

2/1 LC (2/1 LEFT CROSS): Slip 2 stitches onto cable stitch holder and hold in front of work, p1, then k2 from cable stitch holder.

C4F + C4B (Cable 4 Front + Back)

C4F (CABLE 4 FRONT): Slip 2 stitches onto cable stitch holder and hold in front of work, k2, then k2 from cable stitch holder.

C4B (CABLE 4 BACK): Slip 2 stitches onto cable stitch holder and hold in back of work, k2, then k2 from cable stitch holder.

C8F (Cable 8 Front, Wrap Version Only)

C8F (CABLE 8 FRONT): Slip 4 stitches onto cable stitch holder and hold in front of work, k4, then k4 from cable stitch holder.

Bobble

For more help, please visit our 5 Stitch Garter Bobble Tutorial.

MB (Make Bobble)

Knit into the next stitch, leaving it on the left needle, [(yarn over, knit 1) into same stitch] two times. Turn work so wrong side is facing you, k5; turn work so right side is facing you, k2tog; return stitch to left needle, slip remaining three stitches of bobble over the k2tog stitch, knit that stitch, returning it to the right needle. 

Pattern

Cast on 50 (112) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Work Cable Pattern either from Written Instructions or Chart, both below. Be sure to follow the instructions for the width you are making, either Scarf or Wrap.

Cable Pattern: Written Instructions, Scarf

NOTE: Markers are for separating repeats and are optional. If you are using them, slip markers as you come to them.

Scarf

Set-Up Row (wrong side): [P1, k1] 3 times, p1, k2, p1, k1, place marker (pm), p6, pm, k1, p1, k1, p2, k6, p2, k1, p1, k1, pm, p6, pm, k1, [p1, k1] 5 times.

Row 1 (right side): [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 2 (wrong side) and every even numbered row: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches, except knit the stitch above a bobble when one was made in the previous row.

Row 3: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC (see Notes), 1/2 LC (see Notes), p1, k1, p1, k2, p1, MB (see Notes), p4, k2, p1, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 5: [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p1, 2/1 LC (see Notes), p4, 2/1 RC (see Notes), p1, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 7: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p2, 2/1 LC, MB, p1, 2/1 RC, p2, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 9: [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p3, 2/1 LC, 2/1 RC, p3, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 11: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p2, MB, p1, C4F (see Notes), p1, MB, p2, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 13: [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p3, 2/1 RC, 2/1 LC, p3, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 15: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p2, 2/1 RC, p1, MB, 2/1 LC, p2, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 17: [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p1, 2/1 RC, p4, 2/1 LC, p1, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 19: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, k2, p4, MB, p1, k2, p1, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 21: [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 23: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, k2, p4, MB, p1, k2, p1, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 25: [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p1, 2/1 LC, p4, 2/1 RC, p1, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 27: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p2, 2/1 LC, p1, MB, 2/1 RC, p2, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 29: [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p3, 2/1 LC, 2/1 RC, p3, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 31: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p2, MB, p1, C4F, p1, MB, p2, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 33: [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p3, 2/1 RC, 2/1 LC, p3, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 35: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p2, 2/1 RC, MB, p1, 2/1 LC, p2, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 37: [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p1, 2/1 RC, p4, 2/1 LC, p1, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 39: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, k2, p1, MB, p4, k2, p1, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 40: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches, except knit the stitch above a bobble when one was made in the previous row.

Repeat Rows 1-40 fourteen more times. Piece measures approximately 71½ inches from cast-on edge.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 one more time.

With the right side facing you, bind off in pattern.

Weave in ends and wet block.

Wrap

Set-Up Row (wrong side): [P1, k1] 3 times, p1, k2, p1, k1, *place marker (pm), p6, pm, k1, p1, k1, p2, k6, p2, k1, p1, k1, pm, p6, pm**, [k1, p1] 5 times, k3, pm, p8, pm, k2, p1, [k1, p1] 3 times, k2, p1, k1, repeat from * to ** one more time, k1, [p1, k1] 5 times.

Row 1 (right side): [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times, p2, k8, p2, [k1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 2 (wrong side) and every even numbered row: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches, except knit the stitch above a bobble when one was made in the previous row.

Row 3: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC (see Notes), 1/2 LC (see Notes), p1, k1, p1, k2, p1, MB (see Notes), p4, k2, p1, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times, p2, k8, p3, [k1, p1] 5 times, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, k2, p4, MB, p1, k2, p1, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 5: [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p1, 2/1 LC (see Notes), p4, 2/1 RC (see Notes), p1, k1, p1, k6, [p1, k1] 5 times, p3, C8F (see Notes), p2, [k1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p1, 2/1 LC, p4, 2/1 RC, p1, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 7: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p2, 2/1 LC, MB, p1, 2/1 RC, p2, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times, p2, k8, p3, [k1, p1] 5 times, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p2, 2/1 LC, p1, MB, 2/1 RC, p2, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 9: [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p3, 2/1 LC, 2/1 RC, p3, k1, p1, k6, [p1, k1] 5 times, p3, k8, p2, [k1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p3, 2/1 LC, 2/1 RC, p3, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 11: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p2, MB, p1, C4F (see Notes), p1, MB, p2, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times, p2, k8, p3, [k1, p1] 5 times, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p2, MB, p1, C4B (see Notes), p1, MB, p2, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 13: [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p3, 2/1 RC, 2/1 LC, p3, k1, p1, k6, [p1, k1] 5 times, p3, C8F, p2, [k1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p3, 2/1 RC, 2/1 LC, p3, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 15: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p2, 2/1 RC, p1, MB, 2/1 LC, p2, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times, p2, k8, p3, [k1, p1] 5 times, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p2, 2/1 RC, MB, p1, 2/1 LC, p2, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 17: [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p1, 2/1 RC, p4, 2/1 LC, p1, k1, p1, k6, [p1, k1] 5 times, p3, k8, p2, [k1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p1, 2/1 RC, p4, 2/1 LC, p1, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 19: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, k2, p4, MB, p1, k2, p1, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times, p2, k8, p3, [k1, p1] 5 times, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, k2, p1, MB, p4, k2, p1, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 21: [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1, k6, [p1, k1] 5 times, p3, C8F, p2, [k1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 23: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, k2, p4, MB, p1, k2, p1, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times, p2, k8, p3, [k1, p1] 5 times, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, k2, p1, MB, p4, k2, p1, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 25: [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p1, 2/1 LC, p4, 2/1 RC, p1, k1, p1, k6, [p1, k1] 5 times, p3, k8, p2, [k1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p1, 2/1 LC, p4, 2/1 RC, p1, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 27: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p2, 2/1 LC, p1, MB, 2/1 RC, p2, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times, p2, k8, p3, [k1, p1] 5 times, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p2, 2/1 LC, MB, p1, 2/1 RC, p2, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 29: [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p3, 2/1 LC, 2/1 RC, p3, k1, p1, k6, [p1, k1] 5 times, p3, C8F, p2, [k1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p3, 2/1 LC, 2/1 RC, p3, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 31: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p2, MB, p1, C4F, p1, MB, p2, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times, p2, k8, p3, [k1, p1] 5 times, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p2, MB, p1, C4B, p1, MB, p2, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 33: [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p3, 2/1 RC, 2/1 LC, p3, k1, p1, k6, [p1, k1] 5 times, p3, k8, p2, [k1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p3, 2/1 RC, 2/1 LC, p3, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 35: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p2, 2/1 RC, MB, p1, 2/1 LC, p2, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times, p2, k8, p3, [k1, p1] 5 times, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p2, 2/1 RC, p1, MB, 2/1 LC, p2, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 37: [K1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p1, 2/1 RC, p4, 2/1 LC, p1, k1, p1, k6, [p1, k1] 5 times, p3, C8F, p2, [k1, p1] 3 times, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p1, 2/1 RC, p4, 2/1 LC, p1, k1, p1, k6, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times.

Row 39: [P1, k1] 5 times, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, k2, p1, MB, p4, k2, p1, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times, p2, k8, p3, [k1, p1] 5 times, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, k2, p4, MB, p1, k2, p1, k1, p1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p1, k1, p1, [p1, k1] 4 times.

Row 40: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches, except knit the stitch above a bobble when one was made in the previous row.

Repeat Rows 1-40 fourteen times. Piece measures approximately 71½ inches from cast-on edge.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 one more time.

With the right side facing you, bind off in pattern.

Weave in ends and wet block.

Cable Pattern: Charts

NOTE: Markers are for separating repeats and are optional. If you are using them, slip markers as you come to them. And if you’re new to knitting charts, unravel the mysteries with our Reading A Chart tutorial!

Start in the bottom left corner of the Chart (see below). Work the wrong-side Set-Up Row from left to right, then work right-side (odd number) rows from right to left, and wrong-side (even number) rows from left to right.

Work your way up the chart to Row 40, then repeat Rows 1-40 fourteen more times.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 one more time. Go on to Finishing section, below.

Key For Both Scarf + Wrap

Bas-Relief Wrap | Purl Soho

Scarf

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Bas-Relief Wrap | Purl Soho

Wrap

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Bas-Relief Wrap | Purl Soho

Finishing, Scarf + Wrap

With the right side facing you, bind off in pattern.

Weave in ends and wet block.

Bas-Relief Wrap | Purl Soho
Bas-Relief Wrap | Purl Soho